HindustanTimes Mon,28 Jul 2014


Bad weather seen as probable cause of fatal Air Algerie crash

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

S Korea police arrest son of sunken ferry owner

South Korean police arrested Friday the fugitive son of a business tycoon who owned the Sewol ferry which sank in April with the loss of around 300 lives, officials said.

Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza

Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Friday to show solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration, an AFP correspondent reported.

Female circumcision: A cruel practice that numbs women’s sexual pleasure

Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female circumcision — is a surgery done to intentionally mutilate the genital organs of pre-pubescent girls. In some cultures, it’s seen as a rite of passage to lower female libido and stop them from being promiscuous.

Wikipedia blocks 'disruptive' edits from US Congress

Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives ins response to "disruptive" revisions of the online encyclopedia.

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to mainland: govt source

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told Reuters on Friday, in a setback for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's tough refugee policies.

Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday.

Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said on Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence.

Three dead as Indonesia-bound boat sinks off Malaysia

At least three people died after an overloaded boat ferrying Indonesians home for the coming Eid al-Fitr festival sank off southern Malaysia, a maritime official said on Friday

From Ukraine to Taiwan and Mali: Disasters wreak havoc on airline industry this week

Industry analysts and safety experts say they can find no common themes that connect the recent plane crashes. Nor do they think the events indicate that flying is suddenly becoming less safe.

France rules out Air Algerie jet was shot down, says chances of survivors 'out of question'

Investigators at the scene of the crash had concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack. Disastrous week for airline industry

Jordan downs drone near Syria border: official

Jordan shot down a drone on Friday as it flew over the northeastern region of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, a security official said.

Iran confirms arrest of WaPo correspondent

Tehran's chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported.

French troops guard Air Algerie jet crash site

French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in Mali. France's interior minister said on Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy, though it was likely due to bad weather.

McDonald's Japan halts sales, imports of chicken from China after scandal

McDonald's said on Friday that all of its Japanese restaurants had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in the wake of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants.

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